Tomorrow I graduate with my bachelors from University of South Carolina, and I couldn't be more happy with this accomplishment. From the long nights of studying, to the endless cups of Starbucks consumed, I've invested an eternity in my education.
But I've also invested my time in reproductive health education. And for that, I'm pretty happy as well.
Coming from a small town in rural South Carolina where sex education consisted of a week-long puberty explanation, I lacked the knowledge and importance that accessible and comprehensive education/ reproductive healthcare should have provided.
When I came to college, I discovered that Columbia, S.C. is a CDC hot spot for all kinds of sexually transmitted infections. I became aware of the need for birth control, and I learned about the problems our state faces.
Majoring in public relations, I learned a lot about communications. Coming to a university, I learned a lot about life and what matters to me.
Over the past few years, I've tried to learn more and more about reproductive health, and tried to help out as much as I could while maintaining good grades. I've grown from a Tell Them volunteer, to a SWARM council member, to an intern and now a graduate assistant. Discovering the need for policy change in South Carolina, regarding sexual health, provided me the initial motivation to further my interests in communications. And together, we've come a long way.
Giving a voice to those who don't know how to make a difference provides fuel to my passion - our mission. Helping out with Tell Them has allowed me to see what I was meant to do, and I'm happy that this organization welcomed me with open arms.
While looking back I can celebrate where I've been and where I've come, but I can also celebrate the accomplishments Tell Them has made as well.
Here's to joining forces and getting things done.
Go Cocks! #SCRahRah